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AELP response to Queen’s Speech announcement on migration bill
Date published: 19.12.2019
Mark Dawe says “The fact that the government has only given itself a year to introduce the new system underlines the urgency of investing in skills training here, especially giving SMEs the funding to recruit more apprentices. 40 per cent of apprenticeship training providers are having to turn away firms who want to train more apprentices, often in key sectors like social care and hotels and restaurants that are heavily dependent on migrants.”
Training providers react to the election result with call to fund apprenticeships properly
Date published: 13.12.2019
Training providers react to the election result with call to fund apprenticeships properly Association of Employment and Learning Providers chief executive Mark Dawe said: “AELP looks forward to working with the government building on their successful apprenticeship policy and commitment to skills, implementing the Conservative manifesto pledge to ‘level up’ skills opportunities for small businesses. Nowhere is this more needed than in the ensuring of SME access to apprenticeship funding...
CBI/Pearson survey exposes the myth of strong employer support for GCSEs, says AELP
Date published: 29.11.2019
CBI/Pearson survey exposes the myth of strong employer support for GCSEs, says AELP Commenting on the CBI/Pearson annual employers skills survey, Association of Employment and Learning Providers chief executive Mark Dawe says: “We strongly support CBI’s call for a sustainable plan to keep apprenticeships available for all ages and all levels and they need to be available to SMEs as well as the levy payers. If the new government agrees a plan with employers and providers, this will remove the
NEW Research: UNREALISED POTENTIAL: THE ROLE OF INDEPENDENT TRAINING PROVIDERS IN MEETING SKILLS NEEDS
Date published: 01.10.2019
Governments around the world recognise the importance of skills as driver of socio-economic development. ‘Unrealised Potential: the role of Independent Training Providers in meeting skills needs’ is new research (published September 2019) by AELP and commissioned by the British Council. As Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) policy has increasingly been driven by economic considerations, this series explores the role TVET plays in supporting productivity, business growth and
DfE’s ITP education and training workforce survey
Date published: 19.08.2019
The Department for Education is conducting a survey of education and training workforce in Independent Training Providers – the first of its kind. Please encourage your Head of HR or equivalent to take phone calls from IFF Research and, afterwards, your staff to complete individual online surveys. AELP fully endorses this survey as it helps raise the profile and contribution of ITPs. All ESFA-funded ITPs in England are in scope, giving the potential for a first ever census of ITPs! Also, all
Boris Johnson’s promise on apprenticeships
Date published: 19.07.2019
On Monday 8 July 2019, Boris Johnson used his regular Telegraph column to champion apprenticeships (http://bit.ly/32FMZkX). After a visit to meet BAE apprentices who were building a naval frigate on the River Clyde in Glasgow, he wrote: “When they have finished their apprenticeships, they will almost certainly have a high-wage, high-skill job that will absorb their concentration and their energies for decades to come”. He added: “We have a mismatch: unsatisfied university graduates, and
AELP response to launch of IfATE’s Quality Strategy
Date published: 21.03.2019
Commenting on today’s publication by the Institute for Apprenticeships of its new Quality Strategy, AELP CEO Mark Dawe said: “AELP strongly supports and promotes high quality apprenticeships for employers and apprentices and high standards in the Quality Strategy. Good providers have a vital role in ensuring quality because they deliver all aspects of apprentice training and support, especially the on-the-job training and day-today development of the apprentice. This requires a robust regime
AELP response to the Ofsted annual report
Date published: 04.12.2018
On 4 December, the Chief Inspector published her annual report for 2017-18. She reported that 78% of independent training providers are currently judged to be good or outstanding. This figure is a 3 point drop on last year but it includes new providers and employers, and the decrease is explained by the report stating that “We judged nearly two thirds of the ILPs (including employer providers) being inspected for the first time as requires improvement or inadequate”. AELP CEO Mark Dawe comments:
AELP calls for full open debate after government agency admits there is no unspent apprenticeship levy
Date published: 04.12.2018
On 3 December, FE Week reported on a presentation in which a senior representative of the Institute for Apprenticeships included a slide with the projected costs of apprenticeship starts in England this year and for each year up to and including 2020-21. The paper estimated from the slide that the levy budget is set to be overspent by £0.5 billion this year, rising to £1.5 billion during 2021-22 and the IfA gave the paper the following statement on the presentation slide: “It highlighted that
Autumn Budget 2018
Date published: 05.11.2018
After strong lobbying by AELP, the chancellor’s autumn budget on 29 October contained a welcome announcement that the employer co-investment rate for taking on apprentice is being halved to 5%. Confirmation of the date of implementation for this measure will follow in due course. In response, AELP CEO Mark Dawe said, ““This is a major and positive shift which AELP has been pushing hard for since before the levy was introduced and it should enable providers to work with smaller businesses